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This is a model of an Italian style galley.

14th century, 1571 or mid. 18th century depending on weight on references or type.

In the Mediterranean in medieval times, the galley was almost synonymous with a warship.

These ships made up the principal warships of the major fleets in the area. Being high-speed vessels, they were also used to chase down pirates.

The type had a late revival in the Baltic were it was used primarily in the conflicts between Russia and Sweden.

 

It is in minifig-scale or 1:40’ish.
The model will have the dimension Length: 166 cm, Height: 113 cm (with stand), Width: 82 cm (with oars)
There is approx. 16200 bricks in the model.

La capitana Chapmann LVIII

The galley, true galley or gallee sottili was developed during the 13th and 14th century and the design remained the essentially the same until it was phased out in the early 19th century.

 

The main characteristics of the model are from La Capitana, a galley of Malta.

The lines, armament, oars and overall arrangement follows the drawings of this ship. These are indexed in Architectura novalis mercatoria (published by Fredrik Henrik af Chapmann in 1768) as: LVIII or no. 18.

Starboard La capitana Chapmann LVIII

Details, such as color, not provided by Chapmann, are from Real, the flagship of Don John of Austria in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.

In 1971, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the battle, a full size replica of La Real was built and displayed in the Barcelona Maritime Museum where it can be viewed today. This also gives an abundance of accurate picture material to work from.

The details from this Spanish Real compared to the French La Réale from 1694; however, this ship is not a main reference.

Port fore La capitana Chapmann LVIII

A sidenote on the names of the ships:

“Capitana” was the term used for the largest and most prestigious ship of a squadron carrying its commander.

“Real” or “Réale” just indicated these ships as being Royal, or as the main galley of the kingdom/fleet.

This made me wonder: Did these ships have other more common names? -at least among the sailors. 

 

The doctrine of the galley was brutal. The ships would take position abreast and then get on the enemy as fast as possible to engage in melee combat.

This largely dictates the design of the ship. Sleek with 60 oars and some 300 oarsmen, this is a thing built for speed.

The main battery is at the bow, where the main battle would take place. This is also the only armament that is in the linedrawings. These guns were fixed and would only shoot once just before boarding.

Bow of La capitana Chapmann LVIII

This may seem strange, but a galley would cover the effective distance of artillery pieces much faster than the reload time.

I have placed the remaining guns, consisting of 2-pounders and pivot guns, along the side where I figured it made sense.

 

A boat is starboard. This feature is not on the Linedrawings, but is on the other references as well as on several other galleys, so I figured it to be a galley-thing.

 

The commander would have his place at the stern.

In front of the commanders quarter is a deck space where additional soldiers, delivered by support ships, were organized.

Stern La capitana Chapmann LVIII

 

 

 

Edited by Anders T

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Coincidentally, as I was reading about piracy in the Mediterranean during 16-17th century these days, this is a ship I would like to see moc-ed from you, since it played a huge role this period. Thanks for your great work!

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12 hours ago, blackdeathgr said:

Coincidentally, as I was reading about piracy in the Mediterranean during 16-17th century these days, this is a ship I would like to see moc-ed from you, since it played a huge role this period. Thanks for your great work!

Thanks so much for your comment, for several reasons.
 

For commenting at all, I was actually beginning to think that something was wrong with the topic, pictures not showing or something.

- If had done something wrong on the forum (maybe still have):pir-murder:or that the MOC simply was too weird/bad/whatever.:alien:  Maybe I have been flooding the forum with topics the last weeks. There will be a break from that for at least a month, maybe even longer.

For classifying this as a non-MOC.:pir-blush:
Since this is still only a digital model, it is really just a
(more or less finished) suggestion of what the final MOC could look like. At least that is how I see it. That said -she represents a lot of work, for fun - but still. This is also, what I read into your: "Thanks your great work".
 

Concerning. Am I going to build her.(“moc-ed”) Yes! I think at some point during 2020.

The plan is right now to do some digital designs of ships, see which ones are best, then build (maybe with suggested alterations) , and submit them for exhibition, possibly along with some of my old ships.

 

For being a fellow history geek.reading about piracy in the Mediterranean during 16-17th century…”:pir-vader:

 

Edited by Anders T

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Wonderful work, perfect in every aspect.

42 minutes ago, Anders T said:

For commenting at all, I was actually beginning to think that something was wrong with the topic, pictures not showing or something.

- If had done something wrong on the forum (maybe still have):pir-murder:or that the MOC simply was too weird/bad/whatever.:alien:  Maybe I have been flooding the forum with topics the last weeks. There will be a break from that for at least a month, maybe even longer.

The reason of lack of comments is probably we all were busying to find our jaw dropped on the floor, and there's really nothing else to do but contemplating this fine ship.:thumbup:

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16 hours ago, Anders T said:

Thanks so much for your comment, for several reasons.

Anders T. we are always eagerly awaiting for you posting your next ship, especially the age of sails ones, Napoleonic Wars etc (yeah, happy times when a round piece of stone or metal mauled you in nearly unimaginable ways :tongue: ) so not need to worry if we comment or not. After all you haven't earned your ship expert badge for sitting idle :wink: . Basically galleys like the one you designed, weren't the prettiest of ships around but they were plenty of them back at those days (along with felukas, dhows etc), so they deserve some love. Plus, new generation just press hearts and thumbs up these days instead of writing and this isn't easy in forums like ours :ugh:.

And of course as fellow BoBSer @Bodi mentioned, we are still drooling so we aren't commenting! Of to daydream when I will finally have the time to build something close to Thérèse...

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